There was a time when 3D was new and exciting with people wearing cute little cardboard glasses. They ate their popcorn and waited for things to pop out of the screen and scare them so badly they’d spill it into their laps. Fast forward a few years, okay more than a few, all the way to Avatar. Now 3D isn’t a gimmick, they say, it’s an experience. They even give it a cooler name, RealD, which seems to be merely an excuse to make me wear horribly uncomfortable glasses and charge me a few extra bucks. I find it distracting and cringe when I see movies released only this way. I still see them, rubbing behind my ears and adjusting those stupid glass for half the movie, but I’d much rather just see things in good old 2D. This weekend my dislike of 3D reached new heights when it became partly to blame for me not getting to see the movie I wanted to see. It officially became my nemesis.
I showed up at the theater and tried to get tickets to see X-Men: First Class. I know, I should have bought them online, but I had a last minute opportunity so I thought I’d give it a chance. It was showing in only one screen in three separate movie theaters in my area (all of which were sold out), but both Kung Fu Panda 3D and Pirates of the Caribbean 3D had plenty of seats. Both films were showing in 2D and 3D in each theater.
So, instead of having them just each shown in one theater, which was clearly all they needed, the movies were released in two formats so they each got two theaters. Two wasted theaters that could easily have been filled up with those of us who wanted to see X-Men. Nope, that’s only playing on one screen despite the fact that it’s the #1 movie in the country right now.
Now, I know there’s a whole complicated system in place that regulates what movies are shown in what theaters and on how many screens. But, if those movies had only been released in 2D instead of the completely unnecessary RealD, then the chances of me seeing a movie that deserved the extra screens would have been much better. I still have not seen X-Men and with a busy week ahead of me I may not get another chance until next weekend. I can only hope that there’s not another 3D release looming on the horizon ready to suck up additional screens. Be gone, 3D, I’ve had enough of you!
Am I the only one that doesn’t get the 3D thing? Do you think it makes movies must-see or must-miss?
This article was reprinted from Total Fan Girl, a blog written by Nicole Wakelin.